Oregon nonprofits and Legacy Health are taking on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Latinx people.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Several community organizations and Legacy Health are working to provide free COVID-19 testing to at-risk populations within the Latinx community.
On Thursday, nonprofit Latino Network’s parking lot transformed into a drive-up testing site. A similar testing event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve seen a disproportionate impact on the Latinx community,” said Veronica Leonard, director of youth, education and wellness at Latino Network.
This week, the COVID-19 tracker for Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Yamhill counties showed Hispanic and Latinx people made up 36% of regional cases, but only 11% of the population. White people made up 38% of cases and 72% of the population.
Leonard said these numbers are partially due to many Latinx people working frontline jobs that cannot be done remotely.